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Poster: reviewr Date: May 18, 2011 7:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1972 - Europe vs. July through December?

I'm reluctant to post a response because I don't have a strong opinion either way, but it is such a great question I feel I need to chime in.
I love the sound of Europe. I think someone posted a thread recently about what makes this sound so special. They can do no wrong - so many great shows.
However, I really like the Berkeley shows (esp. 8/22), and of course there is Oregon. 11/13 may be my favorite DS ever.
I'm listening to 10/18 right now (loving it), so the scales tip towards the second half of the year right now. Tomorrow maybe the other way?

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: May 18, 2011 8:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1972 - Europe vs. July through December?

My preference leans heavily to the lengthier pieces so I enjoy the fall shows output due to Bird Song's return,the stretched out versions of Playin' and He's Gone and some scary,twisted versions of Dark Star and the Other One.I also feel Keith playing another 25 or so shows with the band between Europe and the fall tour served the music well.To my ear those 15 shows on the fall 72' tour showcase a unique version of the GD,when they came back in Feb.73' they were a different band,with a bunch of new material and far more jazz oriented approach,and they also seemed to have a more inspired vibe towards the song portions of the show while maintaining what would be mind blowing versions of old and new extended pieces.